Written By Kaitlyn Rosenburg Edibles / Recipes Jun 10, 2014 Sea Salt Brings Out Food’s Flavours (and Passions) SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestWhen I first met the editors of EAT, they wanted to know the most recent recipe I had made and how it went. Honestly, I couldn’t remember. It had been ages since I cracked the spine of a cookbook, let alone follow a recipe from start to finish. I answered the question with a lame excuse about my new appreciation for stir-fries and promptly guided the conversation to another topic. That conversation stuck with me. Had I really stopped trying new recipes? After four years at the University of Victoria, my view of food had shifted from a passion to a curse. Not only had I stopped cooking on a regular basis, I had stopped reading cookbooks altogether.But no more. I’m once again making time for cookbooks. Easing me back is Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley, written by family trio Lorna Malone (mom), Alison Malone Eathorne and Hilary Malone (daughters). All residing on Vancouver Island with a shared love for sailing, Sea Salt delivers recipes perfect for any West Coast season. The Authors of Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast GalleryAlison Malone EathorneLorna MaloneHilary MaloneI selected three recipes for my Sea Salt meal: Smoked Black Cod and Cheddar Chowder, Salmon with Tamari Soba Noodles, and a Pear and Blackberry Galette.I started with the galette, which required the pastry dough to set in the fridge before rolling out. Even with the prep time, having the galette baking in the oven in under an hour is completely doable. In the future, I’d spend more time searching out ripe pears. Unlike a traditional pie, where the filling softens, the galette’s open-face construction doesn’t trap as much steam. Even so, I’m keeping this recipe on standby for last-minute dessert cravings.smoked cod chowder. Photo: Sol Kauffman (also top lead photo)Onto the soup, which admittedly might be a strange choice for the hot June weather. In my defense, I have vivid memories of summer road trips up and down the Oregon Coast, where my family would stop for lunch at diners or cafés, always ordering the house chowder.Sea Salt’s chowder utilizes black smoked cod and smoked paprika to achieve the balance of salty and savory. The additions of clam juice (yes, this is a real thing) and aged cheddar deepen both flavours. For those not opposed to a little pork, I’d suggest adding bacon to this already stomach-hugging soup.Lastly, I attempted grilled salmon and marinated soba noodles. Of course, the most straightforward recipe provided the most hiccups. First, tracking down soba noodles—a buckwheat noodle— proved difficult, so I substituted with my go-to stir-fry noodle. (See, I knew my “appreciation” for stir-fry would come in handy.) And as an apartment dweller, my access to a grill doesn’t exist. So I instead baked the fish at 400° F for just under 15 minutes.In addition to the stunning food photography and shots of Vancouver Island’s best ocean coves, Sea Salt gives thanks to the growers and producers of local products. If you’re a lover of this beautiful island we call home, you’ll surely enjoy Sea Salt. [italics] Website: Sea Salt cook bookTwitter: @seasaltcookbookInstagram: @alison_seasalt Smoked Black Cod and Cheddar Ingredients 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter¼ cup (60 mL) finely chopped onion¼ cup (60 mL) finely chopped celery¼ cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour1 tsp (5 mL) smoked paprika2 x 10 fl oz (284 mL) cans clam nectar1 Tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste ¼ cup (60 mL) finely chopped red (or orange) bell peppers1½ cups (350 mL) whole milkSalt and pepper1 lb (454 gr) boneless/skinless smoked black cod, cut into 1-in (2.5-cm) pieces¾ cup (180 mL) fresh or canned kernel corn½ cup (125 mL) grated aged cheddar cheese2 tsp (10 mL) minced chives2 tsp (10 mL) minced flat-leaf parsleyMethodBoil potatoes in a small saucepan of salted water until cooked but still firm, approximately 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in flour and paprika until thoroughly incorporated, then whisk in clam nectar and tomato paste. Bring broth to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer. Add bell peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add milk and heat through.Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add cod, corn and pre-cooked potatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes or until cod is just cooked through. Add cheese, chives and parsley and stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Grilled Salmon with Tamari Soba Noodles salmon and soba noodles. Photo: Sol KauffmanIngredients 4 salmon filets, serving size1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil8 oz (226 gr) soba noodles (Japanese-style buckwheat noodles)1 Tbsp (15 mL) freshly grated ginger2 cloves garlic, minced½ tsp (2.5 mL) red pepper flakes4 green onions, finely chopped, plus more (sliced on the bias) for garnishSesame seeds (optional) Tamari Sauce2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil1 Tbsp (15 mL) lime juice1 Tbsp (15 mL) tamari (or soy sauce)1 Tbsp (15 mL) fish sauce2 Tbsp (30 mL) white wine Pinch of granulated sugar MethodPreheat barbecue to medium-high heat. Lightly brush salmon filets with canola oil. Cook filets until they just begin to flake when tested with a fork, approximately 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the barbecue. Remove the crisp skin from the filets (it can later be added to side of the plate for garnish).Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until tender. Drain and rinse in warm water, then leave in pot.Gently stir in ginger, garlic, pepper flakes and finely chopped green onions. Combine tamari sauce ingredients. Mix well and pour over the noodles. Turn the heat on to low and stir to combine. Divide noodles among four plates. Top each serving with a salmon filet and garnish with additional green onions, salmon skin and sesame seeds, if using.cook bookSalmonsea saltsoba noodle SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Kaitlyn Rosenburg Kaitlyn Rosenburg holds a BFA in creative writing with a minor in journalism and publishing from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in local publications such as The Martlet, as well as national publications like ... Read More You may also like Food News October 26, 2023 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale – November 24 & 25, 2023 For the ninth year in a row, Rancho Vignola is setting up its Vancouver Island Harvest Sale here at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. 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